Ramstein Classic | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein ClassicRamstein Classic

Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of soultrain
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Dark reddish amber beer that is totally clear. 2 1/2" beige head froth settles to 1/2" in a minute and remains for the duration of the beer. Good lacing all down the glass.
S-Caramel, caramel, and more caramel.
T-Whoa, this tastes way lighter than the way it smells and looks. Caramel dissolves into mild clovey hazelnut that dissolves into a finely carbonated ether. The chalk dry aftertaste only inspires more quaffing.
M-The carbonation in this beer is almost perfect, and lasts for the duration.
D-Wicked light, killer drinkability.

CRUX: NICE DUNKEL FROM NEW JERSEY. Ah, for once I got lucky on a blind purchase at the beer store. I'll get it again, for sure!

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Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 1st beer from HPW and what a beer it was. I bought a 6-pack of this from Oak Tree Buy Rite.

Poured a slightly hazy, medium-brown color with plenty of carbonation and frothy cream-colored head. A good amount of lacing was left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of caramel, grains (bread-like), dried pairs, and candy. The taste was filled with fruit and grain flavors with an ever-present caramel note that seemed to dominate the finish. Smooth and just slightly creamy, this beer was very refreshing on a hot summer day, while watching a World Cup semi-final. Easy to sip and even easier to quaff, this was a rich and flavorful beer with loads of complexity and a great texture.

I can't wait to try other beers from the HPW beer company.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently, since I can't recall the last time I had any of High Point's offerings. I forgot what this beer looked like - like many reviewers on here, I could have sworn this looked and tasted like a class hefe. When I saw the pour and head form, it was obvious that I was pretty wrong! Nevertheless, this was very enjoyable and a solid brew.

Very nice pour - the beer had an almond hue with some burnt-reddish edges to it, and a nice frothy head. Almost no lacing to be found, but the taste more than made up for it. Very light, but very filling at the same time. Lots of caramel and clove here, with some banana and a very bready undertone and aftertaste to it. The one grew on me really quick, since it has the lightness in a summer beer but with the flavors and complexity of an Octoberfest. The aftertaste lingered a while too, like an Octoberfest would, but there wasn't any spice to be found here. Very little bitterness, but that's not a factor when drinking this. The flavors work wonderfully together and this one goes down nice and easy!

Even though it's 5.5% ABV, this is a great change for a summer brew...for those who want a bit more kick and flavor in their session beers. I really wish that High Point's offerings were more easily found, as I live 15-20 miles from their brewery and I have a very hard time finding any of their selection around here. They have a great yeast strain from Germany in their beers, and all of the one I've tried were full-bodied, well crafted, and above average in their respective styles. This one is no exception - a wonderful choice for a wide range of beer enthusiasts!

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Photo of yelterdow
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh sixer from A&P Fresh in Midland Park, NJ. Manager Jerry Ferraro is doing great things with his department, and great craft beers are currently being integrated into the mix.

Served in a Brooklyn Weissbier glass at over fridge temperature.

Appearance- All these years I thought this was a hefe... damn... first time actually *seeing* the beer's color! Pours a deep, hazy, dark raisin with a bone white head that tops out at about two fingers. Thick looking brew, time to smell...

Smell- Huge wheat, banana, clove, molasses, and fudge. Decaying leaves, woodlice. Phenols, metal as the beer is swirled around in the glass.

Taste- Interestingly, this beer doesn't pour on the sweet, fudgy, malty array of flavors that I would have expected from the aromas. Instead, a rather light, wheaty, and surprisingly citrusy character is present. A definite note of lemon rind is buried in here somewhere.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great, foamy effervescence in the mouth, although it's a lightweight compared to many others. Easy and smooth, it drinks effortlessly and doesn't fill me up. A good beer for a hot day, when a more full flavored, lighter bodied beer is fancied.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the wife, K.I. for grabbing this at The Drafting Room-Exton for me...
Appears a hazy red toned brown with a thick white head that fades into a collar. Scattered lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is of light dusty cocoa, clove, and some wheat with light caramel in there.
Taste is of te same aromas.
Mouthfeel is watery, thin, cocoa powder and cloves and sticking to the front of the tongue until finally dying out.

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Photo of IPA17
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in awhile and I am sorry that I waited so long. I forgot how goo it is. Served on-tap, the appearance was a nice brownish-red with some clarity and an amber hue. The smell was full of aromas, including lemon, chocolate and caramel flavors which were more pronouced than I had expected. The taste was just out of this world. Well balanced, it exuded a confident yet not overpowering "dark" feel and taste while not forgeting that it is, afterall, a weizen. A solid mouthfeel, I could have had many of these had time permitted.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I came home direct from the brewery with a sixer and a Ramstein branded weizen glass.

In said glass the classic is very cloudy almost opaque cola color, good off white head that laces ok.

Some grains in the aroma, also subtle fruityness and some roasted breadyness.

Grains in the flavor too, good ones. A smooth roasted character thats delightful.

It's a light to medium bodied brew, and talk about a session... this one's a winner

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a murky cola-brown color with almost no head. What head there was vanished in seconds, and there was no streaming carbonation afterwards.

Smell is interesting, lots of banana and clove scents, some bubblegum and other spices, and a slightl doughiness.

Malty and sweet flavor, with hints of the clove spiciness and some banana and peachy fruit flavors entering in as well. The lack of carbonation gives a pretty dead mouthfeel, though, and after a time it kind of becomes too sweet and too syrupy. The flavor's not bad, but the dead mouthfeel really kills it.

Overall: I thought maybe I had an undercarbonated bottle, but it looks like a lot of the other reviews mention tiny/no head and not much carbonation. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Weisse glass a clear yet deep brown chestnut color; head was pretty weak, only leaving minimal lacing. There's not a lot of carbonation in this, in either the appearance or on the palate. Could use a bit more...kinda flat. Toasty caramel and clove spiciness in the nose. Flavor leaves a bit to be desired considering the aroma is fairly complex. Hazelnut and clove are detectable along with some earthy bread and yeast. More flavor in the finish and aftertaste than anywhere else. Too thin and lacking carbonation. Other than that, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, milk chocolate brown, like straight iced coffee. A very sparing light brown head dies promptly.

The aroma asserts a fog of malt sweetness, bearing gifts of dark fruit, cocoa, soy, vanilla, baked dough, and is that…is it…yes, it’s custard.

The first sip brings a toasted malt fruitiness along with sweet cherries and a mild nip of plums. Swaths of vanilla and a leathery earthiness work to begin drying the whole. The end approaches with a strain of toasted bread blended with a moderately dry, clingy finish in tow. An intriguing blend, its substantial and satisfying.

Medium bodied, it wraps around the palate but never cloys. The finish is quick, but happily busy.

It starts by getting you to believe it’s a garden of earthly delights, and if it falls short of Eden, it’s not by too much. The aroma is busy but so enticing, and the flavor is pared down in comparison but very pleasurable. It seems to weight a bit heavy while drinking, so this places a small limitation on how many one might have, but it’s so smooth and tasty, and the wheat downright satisfies. It’s not often that I wouldn’t be in the mood for one or two of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine my surprise as I poured this classic wheat beer into my glass and found it to be a clear mahogany with crimson highlights!!!! I thought for sure the bottle had been mislabeled. I checked the label and saw no mention of it's being "dark" or a "dunkel". Fortunately I was able to log on here to BA and check it out... ...yep, this is a dunkel weizen! And good for me, I love the style!

The creamy off-white head is surprisingly challenged for a weizen (even a filtered dunkel), and it drops readily to a thin collar. The nose, however, is quite enticing with an alluring note of toasty and lightly roasted chocolate. It's medium-light bodied and quite smooth across the palate; which is more appropriate for a dunkel weizen than a traditional Bavarian hefe--weizen hell. The flavor is rich and rewarding without being overly-done; lending to its drinkability. It's got a light touch of yeasty bubblegum, some appleish fruit, mellow caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and some more of the toasty and slightly roasty chocolate found in the nose. Spicy hops accent it, and a firm bitterness balances it superbly. It finishes dry with some residual phenolic "bubblegum" that fades to a dull, lingering, almost coffee-like roastiness. It's somewhat complex, and certainly satiating, but at the same time far from overdone and immensely drinkable! This is very similar to some of the dunkel weizens that I've had from the Franconia region. Superb!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark brown colour, yet is strangely missing any sort of head or stickiness and seemingly lacks a lot of carbonation. It almost looks like a flat glass of soda after it sits for a few minutes.

Thankfully the smell and flavour make up for any shortcomings in the appearance department. The smell is a nice combination of roasted malt, sweet caramel and perhaps some licourice and even some fruit (plum?) notes.

The flavour is right up there, though maybe a bit more subdued than the smell. The roasted malt flavour hits throughout and theres a nice sweetfinish comnibed with some wheat flavour in the back.

Mouthfeel here is decent though a bit undercarbonated, as mentioned earlier.

Overall this is a nice beer. Very tasty and easy drinking. If the carbonation issue was remedied here this could/should be a world calss brew.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ramstein Classic

Appearance- light yellowish with very lttle head. some soapy bubbles on top.
Smell- light hay and crab grass some cloves as well
Taste- light banana, clove, wheat/ bread, yeast flavor.
Mouthfeel- very watery and easy too down.

Overall- yet, another hum-drum beer that will be all to easy to forget. Not horrible but not worth another purchase.

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Photo of OldSock
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle, probably a bit warmer than it should be, poured into a weizen glass. The beer is brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is not as hazy as most wheat beers, and the head is diminutive for a weizen. This is a pretty sad looking wheat beer.

Smell – The smell is right on, bananas and cloves along with a darker bready, yeasty aroma. This brew shows promise yet.

Taste – Not without its charm, but too toned down for me. Its mostly just a watery malt flavor with hints of vanilla and yeast. It lacks the complexity of the great wheat beers, but it is pleasant. It has a bit of sourness to it that is uncommon in the style, but refreshing. The taste simply does not live up to the promise that the nose gives.

Mouthfeel – Smooth lightish-medium body, low carbonation. Eh?

Drinkability and Notes – Decent local wheat beer, but not in the same class with the Europeans versions. I bought this bottle a while ago, its possible I should have drank it sooner, but I did take good care of this one.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours the same color as cola. Not very much head. The aroma is of wheat, banana, nuts, and a little chocolate. Roasted malt flavor, wheat body, and clean finish. A little sour flavor gives this beer some tang. The mouthfeel is creamy. Great drinkability. This is a pretty good dunkel, just not quite as complex or full flavored as their Blonde wheat or Winter Wheat.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a pint at Barcade in Brooklyn NY, Great style, great brewery, well worth some beer research, this one does not disapoint. Pours cloudy, reddish amber, nose of the expected wheat, some chocolate and yeast. Tan head arising. Notes of dark grains, dark coffee and more light chocolate, tasty and fine offering.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid brown with surprisingly little head this beer hides a wealth of big flavours. Fruit, malt, and cloves are a few of the great esters that float around this pronounced beer. I really love this style and Ramstein seem to understand the flavours needed compete with Old World examples. The finish was slightly sweet but not cloying. This is a beer worth having.

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Photo of JoeNobody
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on tap at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA. I started out just wanting to taste it but it brough me back the next day. In a pint glass it had a slight 1/4 inch head that dissapated quickly but a thin ring outer ring of foam lasted almost to the bottom of pint glass. It left a very distinguished lacing on the glass. The mouthfeel was very nice did not appear over carbonated like some beers. Being new to the world of good beers this was my first dunkel weizen but definitley not my last. I enjoyed this offering very much and that was after drinking Chimay Grande Réserve the previous two nights.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown, with a little red in it. Very little carbonation and almost no head. The lacing is pretty much nonexistent. The freshness date on the bottle says consume by February so I am only a month off - doubt thats the problem.

Aroma is malt - but some sourness too?

A sweet candy like taste and pleasant fizzyness in the mouthfeel. My first of this style and am quite suprised by how different this is than a regular hefe weizen. A little more malty, not quite as refreshing but very light and drinkable. Has a bit of tartness in the mouthfeel but you feel like these go down very easily.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one poured a reddish dark brown color but there was hardly any head even though I made a vigorous pour. Scattered lace.

What happened? The smell is typical for a wheat but also has some sour characteristics in it. The taste seemed to be mostly malt with an underlying sourness being the strongest flavor. I tasted little or no hops they are, in my opinion, nonexistent.

This was an unusual beer that I really did not enjoy all that much. It went down well enough but the sourness was not what I expected.

I bet it would be better if fresher, I will try again when I get the chance to be fair.

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Photo of Scoats
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After hearing great things about this brewery and it's hard to find beers, I had really high expectations for this beer. And Dunkelweizen is one of my favorite styles and ususally very hard to find as well. I ready for beer nirvana, ready to see Jesus.

While this indeed is a very good beer, it's not great. Using Franzikaner Dunkelweise as a standard, this beer was, once again while very good, not great, It is a very dark, very malty and heavy wheat beer. For my tastes, it is too hearty for the style with too few nuances. Not partically chocolately and the expected banana/clove yeast taste wasn't really there either.

I sampled one more huge hefe glass worth that night and yet another a few nights later to confirm my initial impression.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Weiss glass at Which Brew Pub in Easton, PA along with my fellow BA and best buddy in life Sulldaddy last week, it pours a dark chestnut color with 2 inchest of full "heavy" head that clings like a bastard and hangs on for quite a while; very cloudy w/ some yeast sediment floating if i wasn't mistaken. Taking a whiff, I smell mostly wheat strains and some sweet caramels maybe; grainy malts like cereal as well. Taking the first sip, mild caramel flavors accompany some fruit flavors on your palete along with some brown maltiness. Bitter coffee flavors and lots of wheat is mostly the flavor however along with some roasted malt tones. Light body and refreshing to the last sip; mild carbonation on the front, but enjoyable and smooth. Very easy to drink; went like water (but a MUCH better taste :) ).

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew at WHich Brew pub in Easton. Served in a wheat beer glass chilled, the beer not the glass. The beer pours a cloudy chestnut to mahogany color. Large frothy beige head fades to a sturdy surface layer gradually. Aroma is fairly mild with bready yeast and cherries mixing with a hint of caramel.
First sip reveals a lite bodied brew with mild soft rolling carbonation. Flavor is wheat bread with some cherry and a bit of lemon. OVerall very mild. This beer is very smooth and drinkable and would be enjoyable on a warm day. I wish the yeast flavors were a little more pronounced and complex.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sweet, doughy, chocolate malt aroma. Beer poured with no head. Hazy, almost murky brown colored beer with a caramel hue. Nice yeasty cocoa flavor with some roasted malt and a little nuttiness. Body is fairly thick, but lack of carbonation kills the mouthfeel. Smells good and tastes great, but something must have gone wrong with the bottle conditioning because there was a complete lack of carbonation. I think I'll go grab a few more just to make sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/4" beige head, which laces okay. A translucent deeply reddish brown hued brew, with a pleasant dark wheat aroma. Taste is wheaty, with nutty, roasted undertones. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but this enhances the drinkability in my book. A good introduction for me to Ramstein.

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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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